Archive for Artists Reception

Cove St. Arts opens “Portland 2020”

David Wade, “First Friday Sidewalk Follies

Please join us Thursday, February 6, 5:00 PM 7:00 PM for the opening reception of Portland 2020, an open juried photography show curated by Bruce Brown. The exhibition explores Portland today as Maine celebrates its bicentennial with photographs from over 50 different artists.

Though speaking of Chicago in 1883, Mark Twain could as easily have been describing contemporary Portland: “It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up … she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the [city] you saw when you passed through the last time.”
Portland 2020 is our attempt to capture our vibrant, evolving city at this moment in time. It is an open juried photography exhibition curated by Bruce Brown, featuring the work of 60 artists. Every photograph in the show was taken since 2017, and within the city limits. Portland, long noted for its rich and vital history, is developing a diverse and dynamic future and is thus the perfect subject to explore as we celebrate Maine’s bicentennial.

The Green Lion Gallery Opens for Adam Antonio Montoya and Carter Shappy: ‘ANALOGOUS FORMS’

Carter Shappy Title: Dec. 6, 2019, #1 Dims: Approx. 6” x 7.5” Medium: viscosity monotype

 

Adam Montoya and Carter Shappy grew up and studied art on opposite sides of the country, but both are prolific, accomplished  young artists and printmakers now working only a little ways apart in Maine. Their work springs from intense observation and immersive interaction with the natural world around them, but with visions and techniques quite different from those most of us are familiar with.  The Green Lion Gallery is delighted to announce a show of their work, opening on Friday, February 14.

 

Carter Shappy Ttile: Dec. 8, 2019 #1 Dims: Approx. 7.5” x 7.5” Medium: viscosity monotype

 

Carter Shappy is a printmaker, installation artist and Vermont native currently living in Portland where he received his BFA from the Maine College of Art.  He is the print shop manager at Running with Scissors Artist Studios in East Bayside where his own studio is also situated. In 2016 he was the co-producer and first-ever participant in a collaborative art and science residency at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay.  For four months he worked closely with Senior Research Scientist Dr. Steve Archer translating Archer’s research on ocean acidification and gas exchange into a two-story printed installation. The installation, Colorcosm, has been on view at the laboratory headquarters since July, 2016.  

 

Adam Antonio Montoya Drum Mountain (Lapis) 2015 22″x22″ Stone/Photo Lithograph

 

Shappy’s work is inspired by his interests in natural phenomena, perception, psychedelia, and everyday, mundane experience. Working in a variety of media, he is frequently drawn to intersections in printmaking, painting and sculpture.  Shappy says of his recent work:

“I’ve always been interested in the idea of the fractal, not just as an abstract, mathematical expression, but a methodological and visual expression as well.  How do I create body of work that’s devised from a fractal-like process? Coincidentally, these new works, which sprout from a random discovery at the printing press, encapsulate both the ubiquity of fractals as represented, in plain sight, all throughout our world—and as represented in the way we perceive that world, the way we think, and in this case, the way we make art.”

Adam Antonio Montoya was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by the vistas, stories, and histories of the American Southwest.  During and after his BFA and MFA negrees, he was fascinated by exploring the oddities, subtleties and grandeur of the desert landscape in the West.  More recently, he has migrated to the coast of Maine and, as a new Maine resident, quickly found a home among the printmakers at Circling the Square Press in Gardiner.  He says:

 “One of my favorite things about the printmaking community is being part of such a friendly, generous, and like-minded group of artists and makers wherever you go. This is especially true here, and I’m eager to connect with the vibrant community throughout the region.

 “My hope for this exhibition, at the Green LIon, is to see how my work, created about and alongside the Great Basin and Sonoran deserts of the Southwest, speaks to the place and residents of Coastal Maine. My experiences with and within my ancestral land are in many ways represented in these prints and I am excited to share and compare those moments as a relative newcomer to this landscape.

 “It is a privilege to show alongside Carter, whose work I’ve admired from afar since arriving here. I feel a kinship within our work and am excited to see that play out in this exhibition. There’s a quiet confrontation and lingering on form, mystery, and process present in both of our work that comes with making art through prints.”

 

 

Adam Antonio Montoya Basin and Range IV 2017 24″x24″ 4C UV Inks on Enameled Aluminum

 

Montoya received his BFA degree in Printmaking from the University of Utah and an MFA from Arizona State University.   His work has been exhibited in many places, including printmaking exhibitions in Chihuahua, Mexico; Hangzhou, China; Tokyo, Japan; Dundee, Scotland – and now at the Green Lion.

There will be an opening reception for the artists at the Green Lion, 104 Front St, Bath, on Friday, February 14 from 5 til 7 pm.  The show will be on display through March 20, 2020.

Speedwell Projects Presents: PARALLAX | Deborah Klotz

Untitled (installation detail), 2020 Poured abaca handmade paper and spruce 26″x26″x6″

SPEEDWELL projects winter artist-in-resident, Deborah Klotz, will exhibit new works in the upcoming exhibition PARALLAX (object+-subject) (expand+-compress).

The exhibit will be on view from February 6, 2020 – March 7, 2020 in Portland. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. On Sunday, March 1st at 4 pm Deborah will be in conversation with artists Katarina Weslien and Jan Piribeck. Extended hours for First Friday Art Walk – Friday, February 7 and Friday, March 6.

Deborah Klotz is an object and image-maker who explores the process by responding to a sequence: object/response/action/repeat. Her work in the upcoming solo show is a visual and material dialogue with the practice and concept of “drawing”: inverting and torquing hierarchies of subject and surface, form and image, material and intent/expectation, object scale and visual /conceptual weight. Working with both physical objects, (cast paper drawings, large scale image transfers, magnetically charged skins of paper, and compressed sculptural shapes), as well as ephemeral states of shifting light, air currents, and wall/ floor/ object transitions, she invites traditional materials of paper, steel, and wood, to fuse with non-traditional techniques. The visual expanse we see as the landscape can be built by shifting how we see interior work. Attention to the ground, to close observation and material sensation is invited with copper floor formats and silkscreened “carpets” on concrete.

PARALLAX (object+-subject) (expand+-compress) features iron prints, compressed and expanded cast fiber structures, copper and steel woven lace surfaces, roots and wood wheels with veils of poured pulp, as well as an excerpt from a large scale installation of imaged objects which fused digital and analog texture, “Fungus on Spineboards” (last shown at the Decordova Museum at the seminal show “The Computer in the Studio” c1995.) Deborah’s new works respond to the more ancestral sculptural presence of a time-shifted yet persistent narrative of the Spineboards.

UMVA Gallery Presents Titi DeBaccarat’s: ‘Who Is It?’

“Who Is It?” is the name of Titi DeBaccarat’s solo show which opens with an artist’s reception, Friday, February 7th from 5 to 8 pm at the UMVA Gallery at the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland, Maine.  In addition to showing new paintings and scuptures, DeBaccarat will bring in a half finished piece of art and ask visitors to collaborate with him in finishing the piece. The reception will also feature a speech by the founder of Survivors Speak USA, Dee Clarke.  Survivors Speak is a Maine-based, survivor-led organization working to end sex trafficking and sexploitation through centering the experiences, healing, voices, and leadership of survivors. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays until February 28th.  DeBaccarat will also hold a raffle to win a small piece of his sculpture with funds going to Survivors Speak. The prize drawing will be held at the end of the exhibition.

After his art was stifled in his native Gabon, Titi DeBaccarat, became a refugee and resettled in Portland, Maine.  He has exhibited work at MECA; been a Researcher in Residence (February 2019) at UMaine’s IMRC – Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center; as well as the Berwick Academy and other arts venues.

Greenhut Galleries Presents ‘Focus: Printmaking III’

The Elder 48 x 24 inches (variable)

 

Endanger monotype, linocut, chine colle 22 x 18 inches

 

Greenhut Galleries, in Portland Presents Focus: Printmaking III on view from Feb 6- March 28 with an opening receptions on Feb 8 from 1-3. The participating artists employ a wide variety of printmaking techniques and many belong to Maine printmaking organizations including Peregrine Press, Circling the Square Press, Printcraft, Running With Scissors and Pickwick Press. They are recipients of prestigious residences and fellowships such as the Monhegan Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and Tamarind Institute. Several have taught at institutions including Maine College of Art, Colby College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design and University of New England.

Clam Song Woodcut 21 x 21 inches

 

We Ignore Our Mother’s Uneasy Ghost Drypoint, chine colle 18 x 24 inches

 

Artists: Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen, Susan Amons, Christine Beneman, Holly Berry, Stephen Burt, Joan Busing, Julie Crane, David Driskell, Elizabeth Jabar, Amanda Lilleston, Liz McGhee, Larinda Meade, Daniel Minter, Lisa Pixley, Ellen Roberts, Scott Schnepf, Carter Shappy, Michael Torlen, Neil Welliver

Jazz Age Open House at Carol L. Douglas Studio

Dancing Santa, oil on canvas, by Carol L. Douglas

Jazz Age Open House

The public is invited to a holiday open house at Carol L. Douglas Studio at 394 Commercial Street in Rockport. It’s from noon to five on Saturday, December 7.

The theme of the party is the Jazz Age. Reminiscent of Bohemian studio parties attended by Bright Young Things, there will be period refreshments and music. “You’re not required to dress in your feathers, beads and bangles, but it will help set the mood, especially if you can do the Charleston,” said Douglas.

When Douglas relocated her studio to Maine from New York four years ago, she stopped her tradition of an annual party to thank friends, students, clients and gallerists. “I didn’t know if anyone would come,” she said. “But I’ve been warmly welcomed to this unique arts community, and want to return the favo

Sohns Gallery Seventh Annual All Small Art Show Reception Dec. 6

 

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Seventh Annual All Small art show.  Fifty two local Maine artists were given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the most diverse gallery shows of the year.  Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, prints, carved and burnt wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and acrylic paintings. The All Small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.  

Curator Annette Dodd say’s “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24th just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”

The show runs from Nov 5th – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on Dec. 6 th at 6:30. 

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

Brick Store Museum show through Nov. 17

The Brick Store in Kennebunk is showing the work of Susan Barrett Merrill and Rosalind Fedeli for Homecoming, through Nov. 17.

 

AQUILARTadvisory Presents Works by Astrid Bowlby

Astrid Bowlby opening reception Nov 1st from 5 -7 pm at AQUILARTadvisory in Norway. Astrid contributed a colorful hand drawn piece contained in a petri dish to our previous exhibition: “ginormousMICRO”. Now you can see more of her thoughtful works in this engaging one person exhibit. Astrid Bowlby makes drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations. She received an MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from the University of Southern Maine. She has also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Art Students League. Bowlby is the founder of Kindred: guided processes for artists and mentoring program for creative individuals.

Greenhut Galleries Opens for ‘Nancy Morgan: Tall Tales & Short Stories’

The Passenger, Oil on board, 25 x 28 inches

Greenhut Galleries in Portland, presents Tall Tales & Short Stories, a solo exhibition of 17 new oil paintings by Nancy Morgan Barnes. Tall Tales & Short Stories can be viewed from November 2-30 with an opening reception held on November 2 from 5-7 and artist’s talk on November 16 at 1:00. 

Barnes is a skilled and delightfully quirky storyteller, leading the viewer through narratives that are rarely what they initially seem. Her work, which is characterized by the explicit rendering or order and chaos, is often humorous, frequently with a dark(ish) twist. But make no mistake — despite the artist’s joyful irreverence and attraction to offbeat subject matter, Nancy Morgan Barnes is an extremely dedicated and extremely accomplished painter.  Portland Press Herald art critic, Daniel Kany has written: “The painting is gorgeous in every way.  Morgan-Barnes paints beautifully and builds up unusually luscious surfaces — painted, scraped, sanded, glazed, and finally varnished.  Her technique, patience and craftsmanship deliver something rarely seen, since the 19th century….”  

A sampling of titles from Nancy’s new body of work — The Reluctant Hunter, Eros Tames the Tiger, and Citgo Station — foreshadow the witty and eccentric storylines the paintings reveal. The artist’s statement appears below:

Book and magazine illustration continues to fascinate and inspire me. I have always found this type of clear and fun storytelling engaging. Since narrative painting is visual and not literal, it allows for a more open and less specific description of an event or an idea. As with most images without an accompanying text, the viewer steps in with their own interpretation. By retelling shared stories of fables and fairy tales, I am hoping I can create an image that suggests that we are the same now as then, though most of the work in this particular exhibition is not the retelling of old stories, but are rather paintings of my own invention. I move between an actual source to photographic references to find the imagery I need. Starting with an idea, the process is fluid and changing until the original concept fades and the painting itself begins to guide me. The process is always surprising and mysterious.  

Nancy Morgan Barnes was born in South Bend, Indiana. She earned an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in 1968, and a graduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1971. She has taught at DePauw University and the Indiana University, Bloomington. Barnes has won numerous merit awards and prizes, including a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Indiana University Art Museum and Indiana State Museum.